In the world more than two hundred airports that bear the names of prominent people — from politicians and military officers to astronauts, musicians and even football players. A trace in history need to leave your name call some airport? We learned about six extraordinary people who have received this honor.
To be the first in the history of their country a female military pilot. Airport Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, Turkey
Sabiha gökçen — the woman interesting and unusual destiny, beloved in the country so that her name was called the second largest airport near Istanbul. The Sabiha Gokcen airport was built near the town in 2001, in addition to the main airport Ataturk. If you fly with low cost airlines, for example, Pegasus Airlines or Wizz Air, you can be sure that you will land in this airport.
Sabiha was born in 1913 in Bursa in the family are ethnic Bosnians. Her parents were killed during the genocide, and she was brought up in the child’s Home. In 1925 there came to visit Kemal Ataturk and immediately noted a 12-year-old girl with unusual sky blue eyes. He took Sabiha along in the Presidential Palace in Ankara and adopted.
In 1934, after the introduction of the law on family names, the girl received from the Ataturk surname Gokcen from Turkish Gök — sky. Interestingly, while Sabiha haven’t had anything to do with aviation: her career started only in 1935. Then 22-year-old girl visited together with Ataturk Airshow and wanted to fly. And atatürk sent her to the Soviet Union, together with seven other students from flight school to learn flying.
In early 1936 Sabiha gökçen entered Turkish Air force Academy, becoming the country’s first female military pilot. The first five-day flight around the Balkan countries she performed in a couple of years, at the age of 25 years. And during his career in the Turkish Air force, gökçen has flown 22 different types of aircraft for more than 8000 hours. Of these 32 hours were combat missions. Gokcen was betrayed Ataturk to the end of his days, and even wrote its centennial book, “Life along the path of atatürk”.
Become a jazz legend. Airport New Orleans Louis Armstrong, United States
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In the world there are airports whose names are related to music, but usually we are talking about the famous composers Mozart, Chopin, Sheet. However, the residents of New Orleans, of course, could not honor the memory of one of the most famous of its inhabitants. So the airport is located 19 km from the town, bears the name of Louis Armstrong. He was named in 2001 for the centenary of the famous musician.
The airport does not impresses with its size and consists of only one modest terminal with four rooms — but all that will change in may of 2019, when you open a large new terminal. Overall, and today at the airport a good estimate of passengers: they say he is interesting for its festive decor in the halls and sometimes live music.
Himself Louis Armstrong needs no introduction — the famous jazz trumpeter and singer, had a huge impact on the development of jazz music and its promotion around the world. Probably in the head you have already played one of his most famous songs — “What a wonderful world” or “Let my people go”.
Louis was born in one of the poorest areas of New Orleans in a dysfunctional family at an early age and moved in with my grandmother. In seven years he began to help around the house a family of Jewish immigrants Karnofsky, who eventually took him in and later gave the money to buy his first musical instrument — a cornet.
And music fate of the boy, oddly, predetermined boot camp for Teens, where twelve-year-old Louis has got for a shooting with a stolen gun on the street. There is a future musician played in the band on tambourine and clarinet, received a musical education and decided to become a musician. How it ended, all of us well-known Chicago, new York, jazz ensembles and, finally, lifetime the title of a jazz legend.
To invent something important. International airport Milan Linate named Enrico Forlanini, Italy
The second largest airport of Milan, which fly domestic flights and international low-cost airlines, is named after Enrico Forlanini — not too well-known in the world, but left a huge mark in the hearts of the Milanese inventor.
Forlanini, born in Milan, spent his adult life designed aircraft — balloons, airships and airplanes. Also invented the hydrofoil boat, which has successfully been tested in 1905, and in 1909 built an airship, called the “Leonardo da Vinci”. Certainly the famous Italian would be proud of his successor.
The most famous in the world Forlanini world’s first model helicopter with a steam engine, which is constructed as much in 1877. The device is, of course, had little to do with modern helicopters, at least because during the flight rotates in a direction opposite to the rotation of the upper screw (but of course with less speed). However, dizzy pilots did not have time: flight duration up to 20 seconds. To climb such a helicopter could up to a height of 13 meters.
The Italians believe Enrico aviation pioneer, is worthy of the name were the whole airport, the second largest in Milan and the closest to the city — the centre is just 7 km away. If you want to visit it personally, keep in mind that in 2019 it will be closed for three months, from 27 July to 27 October. During this time, will update the runway. And the only terminal will be reconstructed later, in several stages — however, to close the airport it does not need.
To become a great writer. Heraklion international airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”, Greece
If you have ever flown to Crete, you were probably at the airport — and maybe wondered, who the hell is Nikos Kazantzakis, whose name it bears. Meanwhile, it is one of the largest artists of the XX century classic and new Greek literature.
In Russia his works are not well known. Meanwhile, he traveled extensively in our country in the 1920-ies, talked to Bitter, was fond of ideas of communism and supported Lenin. While Kazantzakis did not engage in any party and remained a deeply religious man, and at one time was fond of Buddhism and wrote a novel about the Buddha, which later influenced the writings of Osho.
Many of the works of the writer were filmed. Modern audiences are probably familiar with the movie “the Last temptation of Christ”, filmed in 1988 by Martin Scorsese with Willem Dafoe in the title role. Same book, by the way, brought Kazantzakis a lot of problems: for her, he was condemned by the Greek Church and the Vatican, and died in exile.
Kazantzakis’s death was a tragic accident on his way to Japan he, along with other passengers the flight was vaccinated against Asian flu, but the drug caused blood poisoning. By the time the body of the writer had been weakened, and finally in 1957 Kazantzakis died of leukemia. He is buried near the city walls of Heraklion, because the Church refused funeral at the cemetery. The inscription on his gravestone, made at the request of the writer, says: “nothing to hope for. Nothing to fear. I’m free.”
Today the name of the named Kazantzakis airport of Heraklion, the second largest passenger traffic in Greece (the first, of course, Athens). It operates scheduled and seasonal Charter flights.
Become Pope. International airport Krakow-Balice John Paul II , Poland
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The second largest airport of Poland was named one of the most beloved people of the pontiffs, Pope John Paul II in 1995.
King Jozef Wojtyla was born in Wadowice near Krakow in 1920. In his youth he dreamed of becoming a professional actor. When this young man was religious, but questions if he wants to become a priest, replied that don’t deserve it. However, much has changed in 40 years: the occupation of Poland and the death of his father (the last remaining by the time the surviving relative) persuaded the twenty-year young man that God is preparing him for his path. In 1946, at the age of 26, he was ordained a priest and went to Rome to continue theological education.
The Pope he was elected in 1978 at the age of 58, becoming one of the youngest pontiffs in history. He also became the first Pope of non-Italian origin in 455 years and the first ever Pope of Slavic origin. For the duration of the pontificate of 27 years, John Paul II is second only to the Apostle Peter and Pope Pius IX. The name he adopted from his predecessor, John Paul I.
Immediately after the election of John Paul II showed that he didn’t want to be like their predecessors: he refused the coronation ceremony, not wearing a papal tiara and referred to himself as “I” and not “we”, as was customary at the previous chapters of the Vatican. Today he is considered one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century.
After his death in 2005 and almost immediately began talking about the fact that John Paul II deserves to be canonized. This requires two confirmed the fact of the miracle that occurred with the assistance of kanonizirovannogo — and they did. John Paul II, canonized in 2014 by Pope Francis.
Become the world’s greatest footballer. International airport Cristiano Ronaldo, Funchal, Portugal
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Madeira international airport, one of the largest in Portugal, was renamed in 2016 — and now officially called the Airport Cristiano Ronaldo. Player in the homeland of love, hence such honor.
Madeira airport, by the way, is known not only by its modern name: one time he was among the ten most challenging airports in the world. The fact that landing the aircraft was required to send to the mountains and almost at the last moment, dramatically change course to get on the runway. But these trials ended in 2000, when the band was completed.
About Cristiano today, probably, everyone knows, even if you aren’t interested in football. The winner of 25 trophies in different games conducted for different teams and the Portuguese national team, three times named the best player in the world by FIFA, the best club football by UEFA, winner of two gold balls FIFA… well, just a listing of all regalia thirty-year-old football player will take a few paragraphs. One thing is clear: the name Ronaldo has already made history, and before the end of his career is still far.
By the way, about the name. Ronaldo is not the name of the player as you think (it sounds like: DOS Santos Aveiro) and the second name given to Cristiano at birth. By the way, very rare for Portugal: the boy was named in honor of Ronald Reagan, a fan of which was the father. Father partly influenced the life Cristiano: he worked as an Amateur football team “Andorinha”, where he brought his son. Further it is known — the contract with the Lisbon “sporting”, the transition to the “Manchester United”, the Portuguese team, “real Madrid”, “Juventus”. Even those who are not too fond of the Ronaldo, recognize that he is one of the best players of all time.